1) Late night sushi with a friend in town. Ryoko’s, San Francisco. 2) Just a tiny speck among the redwoods! Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve 3) Yes, I photograph chilaquiles on a weekly basis, but this one was especially beautiful (and delicious) 4) Lately, it has been unseasonably warm in San Francisco, which means I can wear my Jason Wu x Target poplin dress.
Lots of food photos this month (not that different from every month, really) 1) The rocky terrain of Rice Krispies Treats. These were made with brown sugar and sea salt, which means they were even more delicious than usual. 2) Dumpling party for the Lunar New Year. Wrapped and ready for cooking. 3) Cutting snakes out of paper for my Lunar New Year cards. 4) Visiting Point Reyes, the windiest, foggiest spot on the West Coast.
I seem to be into roundness this month. 1) Porcelain plates at the new Muji store, which just opened in San Francisco. (Hooray!) 2) Pecan pie and banana pudding at my friend’s southern-food-themed get-together. (Oh, and Stormtrooper spatula.) 3) The beauty of grapefruit. 4) Filling up on a bowl of chicken rice porridge at Turtle Tower before a shopping expedition the Sunday before Christmas.
Photo by Kaiser Hwang
This Thursday, my interview with Sooyoung Park about the reunion of his band Bitch Magnet airs on Apex Express. (That’s radio producer Robynn Takayama capturing audio at the interview the night before they played in San Francisco back in October.)
I first met Sooyoung when he was the frontman of indie rock band Seam and I interviewed him for a college journalism class. We have since become friends. I usually don’t interview my friends, but in this case, it was nostalgic fun to revisit the era of our first interview. Bitch Magnet (circa late ’80s) came before Seam (’90s), so for Sooyoung, the reunion of this band is taking him way back. What is it like to come back to songs you wrote 25 years ago?
The show airs Thursday, 7 to 8 pm PST. To tune in live online, visit kpfa.org or via terrestrial radio go to 94.1 FM KPFA.
UPDATE 1/6/2013: The audio for the segment is up now. Listen to it here.
Most of my photos for this month were taken in Texas, which I visited twice. 1) Migas at South Congress Cafe in Austin. Perfection. Wish I could get these outside of Texas. 2) The port of Galveston. 3) Tex-Mex neon beckoning in the night at a theater re-purposed into a restaurant, Houston. 3) Just had to go try on the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M plexi pumps.